***WARNING: Contains spoilers from Seasons I – VII***
Since 2011, the world has been captivated by the drama of Game of Thrones, the epic TV series inspired by George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” books. The series has inspired countless songs in a variety of genres from hip hop to indie. The metal genre, with large thematic overlaps with the worlds of Fantasy and Science Fiction, is no exception. Check out these highlights from the world of female-fronted metal, whose members take their song titles, album titles, and even their band names from across the seven realms!
Morning Starlett – “Mother of Dragons”
“The mother of dragons is saving her fire for you.
Clenched in her talons, your darkest nightmare’s come true!”
So sing New York-based power metallers Morning Starlett, and it couldn’t be more apt. At this point in the series, everyone knows not to mess with Danaerys, or risk a true Targaryen-style death and end up as dragon-BBQ.
The band, formed in 2009, is a side project of Blue Oyster Cult guitarist Richie Castellano. Those soaring vocals you hear are the work of soprano Ann Marie Nacchio, who, according to the band’s website, is available for weddings and bar mitzvahs. Perfect for your ASoIF-themed wedding! Just check your goblets and look under the napkins, so you don’t end up with a Red or Purple Wedding scenario on your hands.
Seven Kingdoms – “Kingslayer”
“I swore a vow to protect the king,
Whose rule knows no empathy…
Rape and murder if he please,
How can I defend a monster willingly?”
This Florida-based power metal band takes us on a wild ride through “Kingslayer” Jaime Lannister’s inner monologue, as he grapples with whether or not to break his solemn oath in order to save the kingdom from its Mad King.
Vocalist Sabrina Valentine can be seen throughout the video emoting the struggle, as bandmates Camden, Kevin, Keith and Aaron deliver a jam sure to please any power metal fan. Formed in 2007, Seven Kingdoms have retained their GoT/ASoIF themes throughout several lineup changes. Earlier tracks include “Stormborn“, referring to Targaryen scion Danaerys, and “After the Fall“, referencing Bran Stark’s visions of destiny bestowed by the Three-Eyed Raven.
Who are we missing? What are your favorite GoT/ASoIF-inspired tracks from the women of metal? Leave us a comment and let us know!